Would You Rather Indulge or Explore?

By New Zealand Trails

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We’ve decided to make the best New Zealand adventures even better. If you book with us this October, we’ll add an experience, of your choice, to any of our South Island adventures this season.

From indulging in a fine-dining feast at the exclusive Queenstown establishment, Rātā, to a sea-kayaking adventure on the sparkling waters of Abel Tasman, we have hand-picked the ultimate experiences to upgrade your trip.

The choice is yours; would you rather indulge or explore?

We have four incredible experiences up for grabs. Each experience has limited spots, so time is of the essence. These experiences are only available until the 31st October 2019 or when spaces run out.

So, the question is, which one will you choose?

Indulge or explore? Elevate your New Zealand adventure!


1.  Experience New Zealand wine culture on a wine tour

Elevate your adventure, indulge in a winery tour in New Zealand

Sample some of New Zealand's best wines right from the source. Our wineries are nestled among some spectacular scenery, too!

Enjoy a crisp sauvignon blanc or a rich pinot noir on a luxurious wine tour. You’ll spend a few blissful hours exploring New Zealand’s finest cellar doors and tasting ample wines while learning the art of wine tasting. If you opt for the wine tour option, we’ll organise your wine tasting tour of Central Otago or Marlborough (depending on which trip you join).

There you’ll sample a selection of New Zealand’s most renowned vineyards. Spend your day among nature, taking in outstanding views of the region while visiting world-class wineries and experiencing their produce. What could be more idyllic?

2.  Enjoy a fine dining experience at Rātā

Indulge in fine dining in New Zealand with Josh Emmett at Rata

Foodies need look no further than an exquisite dinner at Josh Emett's Rātā.

There are an abundance of amazing eateries in the vibrant town of Queenstown, but none are as acclaimed in the fine-dining world as Rātā. It’s the brainchild of the world-renowned New Zealand chef, Josh Emett. Paying homage to the very best of New Zealand, Rātā is the ultimate food lover’s adventure!

The wine list showcases incredible local wines from the Otago region and the food menu changes daily. Start off with something exquisite like seared Coromandel scallops drenched in roasted garlic butter. Follow it up with a loin of venison, paired with red cabbage puree, carrot and swede, Canterbury truffle gnocchi and delicious baby turnip. End the night with one last indulgence, a warm Hogarth chocolate fondant with a dollop of beauregard kumara ice cream. Yum!


3.  Explore Abel Tasman National Park by kayak and on foot

Explore Abel Tasman National Park in a kayak

Get up close and personal with some of New Zealand's most beautiful wilderness by kayak in the famous Abel Tasman National Park.

If you are more of an intrepid traveller, you can choose to paddle the pristine water and hike the stunning coast of Abel Tasman on a full day adventure in the National Park. Explore the coves and arches of its rugged coastline, hear a chorus of native birdsong as you explore the amazing wildlife sanctuary, Adele Island, and spot the adorable New Zealand fur seals sunbathing on the rocks as you paddle the crystal clear waters. Dock on one of the endless golden beaches, take in the fresh coastal air and bask in this perfect moment.

Your sea-kayaking adventure will take you from the remote village of Marahau to the secluded Observation Beach. You’ll say goodbye to your kayaks there and will hike the coastal trail back to base. Embracing the best of both worlds, the water (wai) and the land (whenua).

4.  Historic steamship cruise on Lake Wakatipu

Explore Queenstown and Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw

Add the most Kiwi of experiences to your New Zealand Trails adventure aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw.

For a true Kiwi experience, board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and journey to Walter Peak High Country Farm. You’ll cruise across the turquoise waters of Lake Wakatipu before docking at the Walter Peak homestead. There you’ll meet the local animals, enjoy farming demonstrations and feast on an afternoon tea of freshly baked delights.

You will disembark at Walter Peak high-country farm, where you’ll get to explore this beautiful and remote environment. You’ll be able to pet and feed the sheep, deer and Scottish Highland cattle. You’ll watch a sheep shearing demonstration and the sheep dogs at work. Finally, relax in the lakeside gardens and dig into some freshly baked scones and cake.

When you’ve made your decision whether to indulge or explore, head over to our Specials page to learn more and add your experience to your October booking.


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